Saint Patrick’s National Monument
Designed in the Art Deco style like its contemporary Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, but carved from solid granite rather than soapstone, the Saul Memorial is the tallest statue of Saint Patrick in the world.
The figure is carved with the robes of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, the Primate of all Ireland and was given the face of the Protestant Bishop of Dublin as a way of bringing all Christians together to celebrate Patrick’s legacy.
Construction began of this statue in 1932, the 1500th anniversary of St. Patrick’s landing at the Slaney.
From the top of the Statue there are excellent views across the surrounding countryside and Strangford Lough. Parking is provided at the entrance; there are no footpaths so sensible shoes are advisable.
Slieve Patrick lies just 3.4 miles from Downpatrick centre.
Follow Saul Way, Saul Street, Saul Road and Saul Brae to the junction of Mearne Road.
Turn right the take first left on to Saint Patricks Road.
The car park for the monument is 0.8 miles along that road, on the right hand side, opposite Saul GAC Gaelic Club.
Other routes are provided on the map below: